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Promelas 02-17-2010 09:06 PM

Just got 2 new Sailfin Mollies
Well now that my tank is cycled I returned a tiger barb that was in my tank and picked up a male and female orange sailfin molly as well as 2 Corydoras sterbai yesterday. The mollies look awesome, but so far all they do is hide behind a rock at the back of the tank. I'm assuming they'll gradually start coming out more, but I was just curious as to how long it generally takes before they stop acting so scared.

I also was wondering about the behavior or my corydoras. I can ask this in the catfish forum too, but all day today they have just been rapidly swimming along the back glass back and forth together. They were calm all day yesterday so I just thought that it seemed weird. Are they just getting used to the new surroundings as well?


Promelas 02-18-2010 12:04 PM

Anyone? Just curious if mollies are generally skitish, or if they'll eventually come out more. I can't find any info re: their temperment.

fryup 02-18-2010 12:10 PM

they will probs just be setteling in as you say this is only the second day so see how they are after a week or two......why only two, mollies like to be in groups and the males can harras the female (if you know what i mean) sometimes even to death......... is your PH the same as what the fish need.....i know mollies will benifit from a small amount of aquarium salt but i dont know anything about corys so maybe post that in the catfish section

fryup 02-18-2010 12:13 PM

Promelas 02-18-2010 12:16 PM

Since it's a newly cycled tank, I'm going to add fish slowly so thats why I only picked up two of them at the moment. In another week or so I'm going to add another female as well. My pH is around 7.6, I always bring in a sample to the store before I buy any fish too, I don't want to end up killing them. Thanks for the info fryup, they come out of hiding when no one is watching closely, hopefully they become less shy soon!

Promelas 02-18-2010 12:18 PM

Oh and one more question :)

When I do get another female, should I get another orange dalmatian molly? Or could I get a normal dalmatian one for some color differences?

fryup 02-18-2010 12:19 PM

thats a good iea maybe even 2 females as this will spread out the aggresion to mate ...also 7.6 should be perfect for mollys ....good luck i hope they com out of hiding soon:):):)

fryup 02-18-2010 12:21 PM

more of a variety in colour will produce different coloured fry .....a black male molly and a black female molly will obv produce black fry but a red molly and white molly will produce fry of both colours and a mix ....i would add different colours for this reason and aslo its nice to have different colours in a tank .:):):)

Promelas 02-18-2010 12:32 PM

That sounds good to me, I figured the different color varieties were the same species but I wasn't 100% sure. I wouldn't want to hybridize so I that's why I wanted to check first!

fryup 02-18-2010 01:43 PM

no it wont hybridize it will just result in different colour variations...:):):)

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